A topsy-turvy ride on the merry-go-round of faith… where one is often trampled by the carousel horses, acclaimed actress Annie Lee (The Kransky Sisters) presents her new one-woman show, Pawn Again Christian, inspired by her life growing up in a fundamentalist religion, at The Butterfly Club from 3 September 2018.
Banned from sex education class at junior high school, at age fourteen, Annie was cautiously handed a picture book by her mother on the reproductive system. It was to mark the beginning of a life of sin and rebellion.
At the age of seventeen, she was ousted from the family home for being a heathen; cut off from the flock, a lost sheep cast out to roam the paddocks of the ‘World”, where she went in search of greener pastures. Annie was on the next plane to Sydney and checked into a hotel in Kings Cross.
“It wasn’t that I’d just been branded the black sheep of the flock, I just refused to have any more wool pulled over my eyes,” says Lee. “My relationship with faith began with indoctrination. It wasn’t a considered choice.”
From wacky stories of growing up in a small beachside town in a religious community in Tasmania, to her portrayal of those who live by the manner of faith, Annie takes us on a journey through a quagmire of ideologies in a fraught search for the meaning of life.
Annie Lee has been performing for over three decades, from leading roles in the plays of Berkoff and Shakespeare, to her solo cabaret shows, her co-created large scale outdoor festival works and as oldest sister Mourne Kransky in multi-award winning trio, The Kransky Sisters.
“Four hundred years ago Lee would have been burnt as a witch, as she has an eerie capacity to entrap her audience with a baleful glance and a twist of the voice.” – Courier Mail
Pawn Again Christian
The Butterfly Club, 5 Carson Place, Melbourne
Season: 3 – 8 September 2018
Information and Bookings: www.thebutterflyclub.com
Image: Annie Lee (supplied)